COVID-19 Updates: For advice and updates for staff, students, and applicants who may have concerns about the coronavirus outbreak please visit our Situation Updates page.

Enterprise Boost

Enterprise Boost provides a full range of support, training, advice, and information services, including various schemes and routes for funding – for students, graduates or staff who would like to set up a business or social enterprise or work as a freelancer or private practitioner.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list in order to find out about upcoming events or current programmes please complete our online membership form.

Business Advice​

Enterprise Boost offers 1 to 1 confidential business advice. Sessions are held on an appointment ​basis and are carried out by our experienced business adviser Dr Hiten Vyas.

Dr Hiten Vyas is a business support professional with over 10 years experience in providing advisory and consultancy services to both commercial and social businesses ranging from start-up companies, established SMEs to large organisations. He helps students, graduates and staff with business planning, advice, mentoring, innovation, accessing finance and introductions to business contacts. Hiten also runs a life coaching and publishing business.

If you would like to make an appointment to chat about your idea or enterprise, please email: hiten​​

Enterprise Boost Accelerator Programme

Do you have an idea for a business or social enterprise or think you’ll need to work as a freelancer after graduation? This programme is for you. Run in partnership with Santander the programme includes business skills training, 1-2-1 support, and sector specific training. A successful pitch will also get you a potential start up grant.

Contact ​ for further information.

​Start up Visa

The Start Up Visa route is for graduates who do not have a job offer from an employer, but instead have an outstanding business idea that they wish to put into practice in the UK.

The University of Northampton has a central role in identifying graduates who have developed world class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills, and in endorsing and supporting them after graduation.

You cannot apply under the  Start Up Visa category if you are outside of the UK.

To find out whether you can make an application under the Start Up Visa read the Start Up Visa page on the government website.

If you meet the criteria then you will be eligible to apply for the Start Up visa.. You must be able to show that your business idea is:

  • a new idea – you cannot join or invest in a business that is already trading
  • innovative – you must have an original business idea which is different from anything else on the market
  • viable, with potential for growth

You will need a full business plan with financial forecasts to apply.  Enterprise Boost can offer you support for creating your business plan if needed. Once you have completed your business plan, you will need to submit this to Enterprise Boost which you can do by emailing

If your business plan is approved you will be invited to present and discuss your business plan to a selected panel.


We have two programmes that can help provide you with paid internships. Time 2 Grow is a new programme specially designed to provide recent graduate opportunities to develop key employability skills, obtain valuable industry experience and enhance your CV. Placements are full time, project based, and last for 10 weeks based in local small to medium sized companies.​

Santander internships are open to final year students and recent graduates. You will be paid a tax free bursary of £1,000 over month (or £500 if working part time) and the placements will be for periods of up to 13 weeks, or 26 weeks, in specially designed roles.

An internship can make a significant difference to your studies and employment prospects; boosting your employability whilst the business enjoys an injection of your expertise and enthusiasm. Changemaker staff can support you through the application, interview and entirety to ensure quality and that the benefits are achieved by everyone. Many of these opportunities can lead to a permanent role.

Time 2 Grow

Time2Grow is a multi-million pound EU funded programme designed to help businesses solve some of their most challenging problems by accessing a skilled graduate workforce.

These placements enable SMEs to tap into an inquisitive, driven graduate talent pool that is keen to deliver a positive impact on their engagements. These secondments will be partially funded, helping your business to penetrate new markets, deliver new products, or find new efficiency improvements.

Why graduates?

University graduates come with a range of skills and benefits that can help your business reach that next level. Graduates, fresh in to the workforce, are keen to prove themselves and to progress. They will want to make sure they are delivering above and beyond expectations.

Graduates bring a solid set of skills that they have honed over their studies. Many graduates are digitally literate and bring a natural fluency with a rapidly changing landscape, making them comfortable with technology and multi-tasking. This adaptability and inquisitiveness help make graduates ideal for tackling unfamiliar problems.

Many graduates bring an enthusiastic attitude and are looking to challenge themselves professionally, giving enterprises the edge they need to compete effectively.

How does this work?

Each secondment is for one graduate and will last up to 10 weeks (at 28 hours per week). The University will employ the graduates, covering payroll and National Insurance etc. The University will invoice your business for a 40% contribution. The University will advertise and shortlist the applicants ready for you to select for interview.

For an informal chat about Time 2 Grow please email or to register your interest, please go to the Time2Grow website.

Our Campus